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Vol. XX No. 5 "We're politically erect!" November 4, 1998

ISSUES

FEES AND TAs AND ADMINISTRATORS, OH MY!
By James Polichak I RESIDENT :iN.....NY AND OTH.ER HIGH-RANKING
A..Dl ISTIRATORS MiWITH GRADUATE STUDENTS TO ANWER QUESTION.•i OiUT RECENT CAMPUS ISSUES ON HOUR-AND-A-HALF LONG MEETING CONCERNS SURROUNDING THE

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Fees, Fees, and still more Fees Dick Mann, vice president of administration, spoke first in an attempt to put the recent fee

increases in context. According to Mann, the transportatior fee was increased ($10 per semester, or
33%) in line with a

unable to obtain a computer for their office despite three years of requests. Meanwhile, $250,000 was set aside last year for department heads to use to meet the technology needs of their departments. This money went untouched, though, suggesting that department heads either didn't need the money or didn't think it was worth the effort of trying to obtain it. In either case, a representative of the GSO said, this seems to leave room for refunds. A former Stony Brook graduate student now working for IBM warned that beyond the monetary expense, the fee increases sent a message to students that their money is more important than their scholarly activities or input, and that the loss of student morale resulting might prove more costly than the benefits obtained from the increased revenue. The administration responded by saying that, though :hey did have plans
to spend certain

three-year plan, and was expected. ThE fee infirmary increased ($5, 7%) as a consequence ol contract negotiations with workers there, while the athletic fee increased ($20, 50%) due to the new Division I status of Stony Brook's sports teams. Mann discussed the technology fee (up $70, or 233%) in greatest detail, noting that it will be used to expand SINC sites (including putting one in the Union), opening up new lines for off- and on-campus access to the internet for students, wiring residence halls, and meeting other needs for technological improvements. Mann also mentioned that Stony Brook's technology and athletic fees were, in spite of recent increases, still less than those at comparable schools (i.e., the other SUNY centers and other Division 1-sports schools). Graduate students responded with a restatement of their general concerns, as well as with specific requests on how the new fees might be distributed. The major problems graduate students had with the fee increases, as stated by GSO leaders and others, were as follows: The administration failed to give any warning of the fee increases, to the extent that Doug Boyle, the Graduate Student advocate and liaison between the administration and graduate students, found out about the increases from one of his undergraduate RAs. Students also questioned whether such large increases at once were warranted, suggesting that an incremental increase (and some forewarning) would have allowed students with limited budgets to better prepare for the extra expense. President Kenny and Vice President Mann apologized for the administration's failure to keep students informed about the fee-levying process, and said that the fees would remain frozen "for as long as they can," which means "at least three years," according to President Kenny. Many students questioned whether the extra technology fees were collected with an adequate sense of what they should or would be spent
on, or whether graduate students might benefit at

parts of the fee increase, they did not have every dollar allocated. They
saidl that no money

all from the fee increases. Many of the programs the new money will be spent on are largely of benefit to undergraduates, since far more of them live on campus and since many graduate students use only technology funded by external faculty grants. One student noted that the math department
recently received a new computer lab that is of little use to math graduate students. On the other hand, many foreign language graduate students lack access to reliable computer equipment and the School of Professional Development (which the majority of graduate students belong to) has been THE STONY BROOK PRESS PAGE 2

would be refunded, nor would fees be decreased. However, President Kenny and Vice President Mann said that they were looking into forming a committee with student input to insure that the money was being spent efficiently and effectively, and that accountability to students needed to be increased. They suggested that students approach the committee with specific requests and stressed that they felt that all students would readily benefit from the new technology funded by the fees. Basically, the administration said they were sorry for their poor manners when increasing the fees and their poor planning when allocating them, but promised to do better in the future. While most or all students may actually benefit from the increased technology fee, so long as it gets allocated wisely, the same cannot be said of the increased athletic fee. This fee is only charged to undergraduates and is used to fund sports teams and maintain the sports complex and gyms. In the words of Vice President Mann, the fee is collected to provide "entertainment" for students. However, many students do not find sports, especially highly competitive sports, entertaining at all. Some arguably believe that such sports promote behaviors and thought-patterns that are detrimental to the individuals participating and to those who have to deal with them. Others might merely question whether it is the administration's role to levy a $120 a year "entertainment" tax on all undergraduates (or might wonder why no one else gets charged for this kind of "entertainment"). Vice President Mann acknowledged these concerns, said that he wasn't going to attempt a "song and dance to defend the athletic fee," and tried to turn the discussion back to the technology fee. He did say, though, that the major purpose of the athletic fee and the sports teams it supports was to increase community and alumni interest (i.e., contributions) in the school. In other words, the administration is taking $120 a year from every undergraduate in order to induce them to give even more money when they leave. I do hope that some readers seriously question the administration about this unsavory involuntary behavior modification.
So Many Undergraduates, So Few Professors Although the number of faculty at Stony Brook has decreased, the number of graduate students has remained constant and there are more undergraduates than ever before. Furthermore,

departments have been receiving less funding for teaching assistants, cutting their numbers and increasing faculty and graduate student workloads (for those who can even get such work). This situation means that faculty members are teaching larger classes and advising more graduate students, graduate students are teaching more and larger classes, and undergraduates suffer through larger classes with less challenging content, ultimately lowering both the quality of teaching and research at Stony Brook. Of particular concern to many graduate students present was the increase in the number of people teaching classes outside of their disciplines. Students from Anthropological Sciences, Life Sciences, and Psychology complained that they or others in their departments were forced to teach classes like EGC 101 to obtain support. Worry was expressed about whether such students were qualified to teach introductory writing classes and whether being forced to do so would hinder their chances of obtaining future employment (compared to those with relevant teaching experience). President Kenny responded to these concerns by saying that faculty hires were indeed nonexistent or extremely low for a few years due to funding cuts, but that 86 new faculty members were hired this year, more funding is on the way. Part of the problem, she said, is that new SUNY rules tie funding to enrollment, so that as undergraduate enrollments increase (relative to other SUNY schools) funding also proportionally increases. She also noted that, though still a very small part of the overall $800 million a year budget, private funding from corporations and individuals was rapidly increasing. President Kenny stressed that lack of faculty and teaching assistants was a
problem, but one that should be alleviated in the near future.

In response to the issue of graduate students teaching classes outside their fields, President Kenny argued that graduate students needed to learn to communicate effectively and the best way to do it was to teach communication. Learning to communicate by teaching EGC
101, however, won't help a psychology graduate student nearly as much as they would if they were learning to communicate by teaching statistics or research methods, nor will it help them as much in getting a job teaching psychology. The notion that biology graduate students should learn to communicate effectively by teaching basic English skills is not likely to make students enrolled in such classes or their parents feel any better about the quality of teaching at Stony Brook. Bob McGrath, Deputy Provost, was

less thrilled by the potential benefits of such a situation, and said that it reflects the current state of resource allocation and that the University was unaware of the full extent of the problem. Once again, though, vague promises of future improvements were made.

What Can Someone as Small as Me Do Against Something So Huge and Powerful?
In recent years, the SUNY Stony Brook administration has greatly increased student fees and enrollments, and made other changes on campus, without much student involvement. From the point of view of the administrators, this is just fine. They want to gather lots and lots of money so that they can spend it on all sorts of new shiny toys to improve the campus in ways they think need improving. There will always be new things to

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--.......... O. -H W-ISSUES

THE 1998 ELECTION: HOW STUDENTS VOTED
By David Ewalt and Michael Yeh University residents used their own campus polling site for the first time in a gubernatorial election last Tuesday. To mark the occasion, students turned out in relatively high numbers to cast their votes. "It was a great turnout, and you can tell students were motivated on this campus and realize that voting is a privilege," said Todd Stebbins, project coordinator of NYPIRG, the Stony Brook chapter. "Some of the races were actually decided by the body of student voters on this campus." About 600 students voted at the student union polling place, representing 41% of all those registered to do so. While this number shows that less than half of those students who could vote actually did, it is higher than the turnout both statewide and nationally. Of all the ballots cast, students showed themselves to be considerably more liberal and third-party conscious than other voters in the state. Sixty-three percent of Stony Brook voters favored Democratic candidate Peter Vallone for
governor, compared to an unimpressive 33% in

the rest of the state. "I voted for Democrats because everyone told me they were good for students," said sophomore Jorelyn Lopez. Senior art major Thomas Lendvai agreed heartily. "Republicans are dicks," he said. This result is not surprising, as Vallone has campaigned as an active supporter of SUNY, promising tax relief for students and tuition cuts. Pataki, on the other hand, is infamous on campus for drastically raising tuition over the past four years. Third-party candidates also fared well
with Stony Brook students. The Liberal Party candidate, Betsy McCaughey-Ross, earned 5% of the vote on campus, 3% more than statewide. "Grandpa" Al Lewis earned 4%, more than three times as much as in the state as a whole. Independent candidate Tom Golisano pulled 6% of the student vote, but his performance of 8% statewide indicates a lack of support on campus. In the U.S. Senate race, students again Brooklyn left, choosing the voted to Congressman Chuck Schumer in a landslide with 76% of the vote. Outgoing Senator Alfonse D'Amato garnered only 20%.

office," said freshman theater major Elizabeth
Bresnak-Arata. One sophomore history major who requested anonymity voted for the Republican party line. She stated that she was persuaded by her "mommy, 'cause it doesn't affect me. It affects her, and she said Pataki and D'Amato." Assemblyman State Democratic Steven Englebright, a Stony Brook alumnus and geology professor, was re-elected to a

as his opponent, John Jay LaValle. "I think the student vote was courted by
said myself," and my opponent both Englebright. "I think it's very healthy for the political process." "I found that students were generally well-informed and keenly interested in making the political process work by being a part of it," he said. "I will carry the trust that they invested in me with their vote into the next session of the legislature, where I promise to secure funding for education, access programs, and to lower tuition to make SUNY affordable." Despite the large turnout, Stebbins that there is room for improvement. insists "More students need to participate in the democratic process," he said. "Out of 6,000 residents, only 1390 are registered. This is because students are continu-

fourth term. A staunch supporter of public
higher education with an impeccable record, Englebright received overwhelming support

from the campus as expected, earning approximately six times the number of student votes

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Unofficial Breakdown for U.S. Senate, SUNY Stony Brook - ----

William McMillen (Libertarian) 1%

Rose Ana Berbeo (Socialist Workers) 1%

Joel Kovel (Green) 1%

ally de-registered when they move to a different building or fail to send back their voter registration cards back to the Board of Elections." Nevertheless, Stebbins is optimistic for the future of student activism on campus. "Students are beginning to realize that their vote affects not only who goes into office, but who decides the issues affecting their interests for the next term."

SCorinne Kurtz (Marijuana Reform) 2%
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lependence) 76%
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EDITORIALS & OPINIONS------

ENGLEBRIGH T VICTORIOUS
Stony Brook's own State Assemblyman ence in this very close race. We gave Englebright Steven Englebright (D-Setauket) was victorious in the shot in the arm he needed. A big shout goes out a neck to neck race against challenger John Jay to all students who took 10 minutes out of their LaValle (R-Port Jefferson). It was a victory for day and voted. You made a difference. You made students. It was a victory for the environment. It the difference in this race and you should be was a victory for the 4th Assembly District. damned proud, because dammit, we're proud ol Englebright has served the Stony Brook commu- you! It is often these very lackluster mid-term nity for a number of years and has always been one of only a handful of legislators who actively elections that have more of an impact on issues relevant to your life. While a local state assembly lobby on behalf of SUNY students in Albany. On the Stony Brook campus, 1,442 resi- district race may not be as exciting as a presidendent students were registered to vote in this elec- tial election, your local legislator probably exerts tion. The unofficial breakdown for our campus is more direct influence on you with the legislative as follows: Of the registered 1442 students, 554 calls he or she makes more than anything the voted. That figure does not include the paper bal- President does while in office. Case in point, tuition increases and higher lots of which there were approximately 150. The voting turn-out rate was 38.4%, with 475 voting education cuts. When the State Assembly is hurtfor Englebright and 79 for LaValle. Of course, ing for money and decides to raise SUNY tuition we would have liked to see all 1442 of you vote. and cut TAP funding, you can be sure that Steve Approximately 704 did. That's almost half. Not Englebright will be one of the first legislators to bad at all considering that the majority of eligi- object and lobby on our behalf. While Clinton ble voters this year decided to stay home and sit may pay a lot of lip service and homage to the importance of higher education, there ain't a this puppy out. The unofficial numbers for the 4th district whole lot he can do when our bastard of a goverare as follows. 16,402 voted for Englebright, and nor decides that the state coffers need more money 15,012 for LaValle, 52.21% and 47.79% respec- and that money should come from the SUNY budtively. That's a difference of 1390 votes. The stu- get. Englebright has proven himself on these dents who voted on this campus made the differ- issues over and over again. He's got our back.

INCIDENTS AT IRVING
A personal account of dorm disturbances
Those of us living in campus dorms have to put up with minor and major nuisances every day of the week. Bi-polar roommates, all manner of vermin and filth, excessive noise, 4 a.m. fire alarms, incompetent RA's, and sink/shower hair are all very annoying offenses. It seems to us that many of these issues can be readily solved if we treat each other with common courtesy and a little respect. This week, one of the girls that lives on my floor left her phone outside her room while she went to the kitchen. Apparently, her roommate was sleeping, and being a kind and gentle person, she did not wish to wake her from precious sleep with an expected call. Upon her return from the kitchen area, she noticed a guy running, full speed, down the hallway. He grabbed her phone on his way out, ripping the cord right out of the wall. Was this really necessary? Honestly, what the hell were you going to do with that phone anyway? Ditch it as soon as you left the building? Hey buttmunch, I'd like to take this opportunity to extend a hearty "Fuck You" from all the girls in A-2. May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits. Late last week, I personally came into contact with one of the animals that lives in my building. At around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, a couple of girls decided to camp right outside my door and woop it up. After approximately 20 minutes of listening to what sounded of self-restraint in my body to keep from slugging thi girl. But it was too late, I was too damn tired, there wer three of them and one of me. The odds were not in m 3 favor. Most likely, I would have gotten my ass kicked "Whatever," I said as I slammed the door in her face, anm went back to sleep. Obviously, I couldn't sleep. I was fuming and th( noise outside my room did not subside. I decided to cal my RA to document the incident. Approximately 5 min utes after I hung up the phone, the fire alarm was pulled I'm pretty damn sure it was the girls I confrontec moments earlier. Of course I don't have evidence, it's al circumstantial. But that's really not the relevant issu( here. The argument I had with this girl was, at tha point in time, between her and I. When the fire alarm was pulled at approximately 4 a.m., the entire building go involved. People who had absolutely nothing to do witt what took place moments earlier, were rudely awakenec and involuntarily forced to deal with it. To the hussies who pulled the fire alarm, YOL SUCK, and I probably should have dropped you when] had the chance. More to the point, you are incredibly rude and obnoxious. The fact that you felt it necessary tc wake everyone in Irving points to your utter and complete lack of respect to those of us who, unfortunately, are forced to live with you.

like cats debating, I decided to get out of bed and ask
them to move their scintillating exchange elsewhere. A reasonable request being that I, and at least 5 other people within earshot, have class at 9 a.m. My modest request for peace and quiet was met with a "Hey, why don't you shut the fuck up, go back to your room and go to sleep." Honestly, it took every ounce
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We are of the firm belief that life would be infinitely more tolerable for all dorm residents if we all treated each other with just an iota of decency. Flush
the damn toilet. Keep the noise to a minimum. Clean up your hair. Pick up your used condoms. Is that too much to ask people? Can't we all just get along?

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

"Piece of Trash?"
[Editor's Note: This letter was printed without prior editing. All grammatical errors were solely made by the writer.] Dear Press newspaper: Your newspaper is a piece of trash. I see that you bunch of liberal assmunches appointed your new executive Editor position to Michael Yeh, a pseudojournalist, having openly SOCIALIST tendencies. Tell me, how can you expect to be respected with a self-admitted SOCIALIST at the helm? In your past issue you printed a article about "Grandpa Lewis," the Green Party clown running for governor by Stephen Preston. You can't fool me. I remember that COMMUNIST'S articles, Iraq-loving, U.S.-hating, and everything he writes is anti-business and unamerican. If Steve Preston loves Iraq more than America, maybe he should move there. And Chris Sorochin, don't get me started, what a commie pinko! Back to your asshole editor, however. As a T.A. for biology, Michael Yeh injects leftist SOCIALIST values on science, for example calling biotechnology "potential for corporate exploitation of third-world farmers". Socialists don't like to admit that capitalism is the only fair system that insures progress of society, weeding out the lazy and unfit among us. Besides, biology is a science class, not for political ideological indoctrination. I'm warning you, if you don't find a REAL editor, your shit-paper will become more and more shitty. As of now, everything you print is anti-business, and kiss up to big corrupt labor. You question the validety of the time proven free market, even in public universities where it is most sorely needed. (See your SOCIALIST Michael Yeh's last article about the so-called "attack" on humanities...oooooohh!) You're probably too stupid to see it, but trust me, your going down, baby! Sincerely, Jacob Pulaski [The Executive Editor Responds: It seems obvious that your letter is meant only as a personal attack against my character, beliefs, and activities. I can't imagine what your motive may be, since I don't believe we've met before. Our mission at The Press is to offer students a forum in which they can share their opinions with their peers. We don't expect our readers to agree with everything

and they not only respect his professional SSto think that students abilities but also respect him for his personto ality. are n•ature enough] disagree without being disagreeable. Unlike The Statesmene, Emmerich As for my commen about corporate covers all sports...not just football. There are lt interests in the biotech industry, I believe two sports at SBU which are already Division that it was certainly appropriatein a biology I competitors Women's Soccer and Men's course for non-majors that stresses not only Lacrosse, not to mention all of the other cold facts, but also the impact of scientific teams here that are also "on the road to discoveries on society. Despite what many Division I." The Women's Soccer Team, which scientists like to believe, science is often influenced by greed or other ulterior currently boasts a record of 11-2-1, has bromotives. One can hire "experts" to support ken the school record of "Most Consecutive the most hare-brained ideas, as long as the Wins in a Season for Women's Soccer." They defeated established Division I comprice is right. By the way, who the hell are the petitors including American University and "lazy and unfit" that you're referring to? Do Hofstra. Coach Ryan achieved her 100th you mean the unemployed, the poor, and the career win. Senior Erica Keller has broken minorities who face discrimination and ani- the school scoring record and point record in mosity every day? Your letter reeks of the her 3-year career as a forward for the Stony same uninformed claptrap that racists and Brook Seawolves. They are both currently sexists have used for ages to label people being being considered for the NCAA Playoffs. Our Men's Soccer team defeated unlike themselves. And while we're mucking aroundin the the University of New Hampshire, which shady subject of eugenics, your mother should was ranked #9 in the nation. Women's Volleyball is having a wonderful season, as have selected a better er,breeding specimen. I won't waste my time to refute all of usual. The athletes who are part of these your attacks. You obviously don't have the teams eagerly leaf through The Statesmen brains to even pick your nose- much less every week to see if their efforts received any recognition. So, far they have been disengage in an intelligent conversation. appointed to find no media coverage on Fuck you. And learn how to write.] their teams. As for the football team, the coverAthletes Deserve Media Support An article was printed in last week's age is often biased to Stony Brook's oppoedition of The Statesman that the student- nents! The article on the homecoming game athletes of Stony Brook felt warranted a against Albany glorified Albany's quarterresponse. The article, entitled, "Good, back. Even in the defeat, Stony Brook's Media Relations, Part Deux" appeared in Scott Meyer's numbers for overall passing the "Misery Index" portion of the paper. yards were higher. The article stated that they "can't underSo, what do the student athletes wish stand why Emmerich has his well-paid posi- to accomplish in writing this article? We tion in the first place." This is a response wish to recognize the efforts of our outfrom the athletes at Stony Brook who would standing Director of Athletic Media like to put an end to their wondering. Relations, "Robbie" Emmerich. He is a truly Rob Emmerich is responsible for talented and .wonderful person and media covering and writing press releases for director, contrary to recent unsubstantiated every intercollegiate sport sponsored by the opinions. The student athletes at Stony university. He is responsible for keeping sta- Brook are also asking for your help. In writtistics on every team; announcing and ing positive headlines about the teams and games; his duties also include the tedious in reporting on the progress of all the teams, layouts and preparations that go into the you will not only give the athletes the recogSport Media Guides that are available for nition they deserve for their efforts, but perevery team. He is involved in the prepara- haps you may help in publicizing games so tions of such popular events as Midnight that the fan/supporter turnout increases for Madness and Homecoming. In addition to athletic events! Also, by getting more peoall of theses responsibilities, Emmerich, ple interested in Stony Brook Athletics, The brings a rare blend of personality and pro- Statesman and/or The Press position as the fessionalism to the athletic department at primary reporting unit for the sports teams Stony Brook. He is a personable authority will only boost readers per week numbers! figure, and in addition to the time consum- With a current circulation of 30,000, The ing tasks that he must fulfill in order to run Statesman could really positively impact a well organized media relations depart- SBU athletics instead of creating all this ment, he also takes the time to provide negativity. empathy and friendliness to every studentSincerely, athlete whom he encounters. He is truly a Julie Passanante and the stufriend to the athletes here at Stony Brook, dent athletes at Stony Brook NorthER NOVEMBER 4, 1998 PAGE 5
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ISSUES

..... MUSCLES= FEMININE? BIG
By Cat Hui
N :;OCToBiER 20, THE SUNY AT STONY AORK ART HIS)TRY AND CRITICISM SPEAKEIRS SERIES IN THii STAIIER: CNTER ART GALLERY,
B jR'SINNTI'D A IITURI1 BY PRO()ISSOR JOANNA FRUEH.

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Professor Frueh is currently a Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has published a book entitled Erotic Faculties working on a book, and is currently Monster/Beauty, which incorporates the material covered in this lecture. In addition, she has been published frequently in various periodicals includ-

ing n. paradoxa, Art in America, and Artforum. She
is also the co-curator and co-editor of the catalog for a future exhibit for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. This exhibi-

technical phrasing for bodybuilding. This presentation focused on the female bodybuilder. Often ridiculed and harassed, the female bodybuilder is an outcast. Women who make the choice to alter their bodies by bulking up with muscles are often seen as being unfeminine. Professor Frueh attempted in her presentation to show how the hyper-muscular woman is the real nude. Professor Frueh utilized slides and a videotape of a bodybuilding performance throughout the lecture to support the ideas she was attempting to impart to the audience. Professor Frueh sees hyper muscular women as having an important role in society. She views them as people who dare to defy traditional notions of female beauty. In this society, women are taught from a very young age that to be feminine one must strive to be seen and perceived in a particular way. The ideal feminine body is portrayed in the media is a combination of certain physical attributes associated with the lithe, slen-

tion, Picturingthe Modern Amazon, is due to open in
the year 2000. Professor Frueh began her lecture by discussing the differences between being nude and naked. Naked has the connotations of being more

der bodies of ballerinas and the buxom, voluptuousness of yesteryear's women. However, muscularity in women is not quite frowned upon in its entirety. Instead there are certain degrees of muscularity in a woman that are acceptable. Being
slender and firm is shown in a positive light, while bulking up in muscle is deemed repulsive and undesirable. Professor Frueh attempted to present the hyper-muscular woman as a woman who dares to defy the social norms imposed upon her; the hyper muscular woman "challenges gender normalization" through her decision to shape her body in a socially deviant form. Female bodybuilding as an event is often misunderstood and as a result met with hostility

real and in some ways flawed. Nudity, on the other hand, is thought of as being an abstraction and
aloof. Nudity brings with it the idea of purity and

cleanliness while nakedness is riddled with sin. Professor Frueh continued on with her lecture, revealing that the topic to be discussed was not the controversies arising from the usage of the bare human body in artwork, but the idea of the hyper muscular woman in society. The term "hyper muscularity" is a more

and criticism. Men's bodybuilding magazines have decided that the female counterpart of their event is not worthy of coverage. Female bodybuilding has been misconstrued as an attempt by women to empower themselves by emulating the male body. In this situation, the hardness of hyper-muscular women's muscles has been read as being phallic. The association between hard muscles and masculinity goes back the ancient Greeks. The classic Greek nude statues were used throughout history as a basis for idealized forms of masculinity and femininity (Polykleitos' Spearbearer and Praxteles' Aphrodite, respectively). While the Spearbearer has hard and developed muscles, Aphrodite has an undoubtedly soft body which can been read despite the hardness of the marble. Using these statues as a basis, the Western ideal of beauty has developed into what it is today. Hyper-muscular women's "bulking up" is mistaken as attempts to defy the ideal body shape and at the same time insinuate themselves into masculine roles. Professor Frueh sees the hyper-muscular woman in a more positive light. She interprets their personal choice to bulk up as an attempt to defy the social norms of femininity and to redefine what it means to be a woman. Yet she admitted that when push came to shove, the hyper-muscular women she interviewed in her research all had the same reason for their decision: They liked the way it looked. So does this mean that whenever one sees a female bodybuilder is it safe to assume that she is trying to challenge society's standards? Probably not. However, some of the ideas presented in this lecture do give one things to think about instead of passing judgement without consideration.

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THE QUEEN'S COUNCIL
By Daniel Yohannes
President Shirley Strum Kenny convened the President's Student Advisory Council on Diversity on November 3rd. The star of the show was late, 10 minutes by her clock, 15 by mine. The meeting lasted 50 minutes. Attending the meeting were representatives from many different student organizations. Approximately 15 students and three administrators cut classes, or otherwise took time out of their busy schedules, to speak on this important matter and to hear what Dr. Kenny had to say. Kenny began by clearly stating the first of two goals of the meetings: "It's important to hear from students." The second goal was lost in an acknowledgment that the "faculty, of course, is not as diverse as we would like." However, according to Kenny, that is changing. Out of 86 new hires (presumably professors), 18 are from "under-represented minority" groups. Dr. Kenny also claimed that those numbers have changed drastically in the past four years. The floor was opened to comments when Dr. Kenny asked, "Whai do you think needs fixing?" Kevin Keenan, representing the Catholic Campus Ministry, raised the point that Good Friday was not a holiday on this campus, presenting problems for those who wish to spend the day at worship. The point was raised that a student could not be punished for choosing to take the day as a religious holiday, but Dr. Kenny sent her Deputy George Meyer out to check on what day Good Friday fell and if it was a holiday. He returned without an answer and the point was not raised again. Next, the issue of separate socialization was raised. Events on campus are often attended only by the demographic that organized the event. Campus Lifetime has become a free period once a week to hang out with those who are in your own nationality, race, fraternity, religion, etc. Clubs have become safe spaces for their own members, rather than centers for community education and outreach. Kunal Das of the GSO mentioned that the campus lacked a social center. Kenny responded that Phase II of the SAC celed at the last minute due to bureaucratic red tape. Many felt that their plans had been snowballed by administrators, not eager to have a security headache or PR nightmare on their hands. Students complained that procedures that were acceptable in the past suddenly became incomplete. Students found that food at an event had to be pre-approved; DJs were told that they would not be paid until a date after the show; many times a complete application would become incomplete due to a new procedure that had not yet been distributed to student groups. Kenny seemed to understand the issue underlying the problem and seemed to agree that a new simple and complete procedure should be available. Finally, the issue of an inter-club council was raised. Its purpose -would be to increase interaction among members of the individual groups. Its goal would be one of a level of involvement in a club other than your own greater than simply co-sponsoring events. But, what will come of
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GSO, but never completed , would have been a good first step. Here, the meeting encountered its first tangent as the GSO coffee shop reigned as the main topic. Its relevance to the theme of the meeting was questionable. The lack of large concerts on campus was raised. Some felt that music was a media that transcended the issues that divide the
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hirley Strum Kenny students follow through on University President SI a concert would be a good the initiative it took to way to energize the campus. A successful concert would encourage students to attend the meeting, or was it simply a part of the bureaucracy that was the focus of many stuattend social functions and increase interactions among groups. Mr. Keenan countered that music dents complaints? Of course Dr. Kenny cares tends not to encourage interaction; different groups about the issue, but will any palpable change occur? And what of the students? Have they listen to different music and no one band can attract students from all groups. He suggested more com- already spoken with 10 students and shared the ideas that came out of the meeting? Or will we petitive events like the Roth Regatta. Claudine Stuart, President of CSA, men- bury ourselves in our books and papers and tioned that many planned events have been canforget that it ever happened?

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Three times as many students voted for Vallone than for Pataki? Only 1 in5 students voted for Alfonse D'Amato? Third party candidates received almost twice as much support on campus?
Additional research by Ed Ballard, Sarajean Cole, Brian Schneider,and Matthew Willemain
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GAHOORSH, MICKEY, LOOKS LIKE WE OWN AMERICA
By Glenn "Squirrel" Given

One of Disney's main arguments for the
extension of all (Eisner, you almost sound like you

NEY RECENTI Y SHOWED HOW NOT ONLY OES IT HAVE THE AMERICAN CHILREN'S MINDS IN THEIR INSIDIOUS GRIP, UT AISO THE EQUALLY MATURE AND
INTELLIGENT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. OVER MINNIE. I GUESS THOSE CRAZY REPUBLICRATS AND DEMOCRICANS ARE JUST GA-GA

care) copyrights was that with the advent of new technology (Internet, Direct to Video movies, DVD, etc.) that movies and Characters had become more valuable, and hence needed more protection. In fact the extension of the copyright laws (which throughout history have been, some would

On Oct. 27th, Disney, using a mere 20,000

dollars in campaign donations (officially, but it's not too far a stretch to imagine all the under the table deals) to the Republican party, helped railroad an amendment to Federal Copyright Laws that extended all existing copyrights by 20 years. Not surprising, being that Disney benefits more than any other company. Disney has a long running history of collecting money for copyright infringement on its main cartoon characters. Many of these cases were shady at best, but Disney, crying for the moral safety of our youth, continuously prevailed, and looks like they'll
be champ for a good long time.

original copyright date. Let's just put this law into some hypothetical situations. Lets say little old me creates a cute, androgynous, mass market sinkhole of a character, I pitch it around the animated movie circuit and no one bites. Disney, though, realizing that my asking price is far to high. . .SENDS OUT THE GOOF TROOP TO BUMP ME OFF AND ANY ONE WHO KNOWS ME, THEN LOCKS UP MY PRECIOUS CREATION AND SITS ON IT FOR FIFTY YEARS ONLY TO UNVEIL IT AS A LONG LOST MOVIE FROM THEIR ARCHIVES. Evil, pure evil, I say. So we know that the laws themselves are unconstitutional, disrespectful to the rights of Americans and serve only to sway monetary favor to media conglomerates. Well, in addition to "supporting" the Republican party, this effort was a little "wink-wink, nudge-nudge" if ya know what I mean. Disney reps reportedly "preached" to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott.
In fact, Eisner himself (a name that can, if you want,

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What Disney feared is that someone
would pull their head from out of the grass in

Bambi's pasture and see that their copyrights were almost 19 years past, an already unconstitutional extension of their existing copyrights. If this were to be blown wide, then Disney could stand to lose millions. Oh, heaven! God forbid that one of the most vile, morally subversive, and exploitative corporations in American history actually get taken for a ride for once! Until a few days ago, it stood that Disney would be forced to give up their
rights to the likenesses of Mickey (in 2004), Pluto (in '06), Goofy ('08), and subsequently the later created characters, to public domain.

say illegally, extended time and again) would prevent any use of copyrighted characters. That includes photo-copies, learning material, art, satire, and any kind of non-Disney sanctioned review; including this one. This is above and beyond the disgusting concept of long-term, if not perpetual, control over ideas and images. The Constitution states that an image or idea (that itself is in contest) could only be the property of the creator for fourteen years. After this time, the product would become open to public usage. Subsequent laws have extended the date by leaps and bounds to today's mutilated version: Artistic copyrights are the life time of the artist plus fifty
years, or if invented before 1978, 75 years from the

be substituted with Lucifer, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles) was seen in Lott's office on June 9th. I hope he wiped his mouth afterward. This again is in addition to the seemingly altruistic twenty thousand dollar donation to Representative Lott. On Oct. 7th, Congress (Republican majority) passed the copyright extension and on the 27th Clinton, spineless mousefearing POS, signed the bill. What do the courts do? Nothing. Besides, who's gonna fuck with Disney? The government has passed the stinging reed of justice over Disney's head many a time but never had the guts to swipe it down. Worker exploitation, park security violations of civil liberties (check out the ACLU web site: www.aclu.org), and their own copyright infringements (HELLO!!! Simlba the White Lion!!!!). The government is scared of a cartoon mouse. And frankly, I am too.

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Well, kids, fasten your seat belts for yet another retroactive morsel of reportage, requested at the last minute by Press editors. Since I opened my big yap about the October 22 demonstration against police brutality, I'm now stuck writing about it. I just can't bring myself to refuse the endearing, hungry puppy look of desperate editors, not to mention the ego Viagra of being offered even more space to spew my venom. I didn't take notes, so this is all being reconstructed from the hazy recesses of memory. I guess the saga begins at a meeting I attended the week previous to the event, accompanied by former editor Dave Ewalt and former

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a Newsday internship. He's currently working on

a dishy expose of racial inequalities in health care on Long Island. Anyway, we met at some church in the richy-bitchy environs of Lincoln Center. Before the meeting, videos of TV spots for the day played on a VCR. One that particularly struck me had the legend "Germany, 1930s" and file footage of uniformed Nazi thugs brutalizing helpless folks and then "United States, 1990s" and clips of cops doing similar things to people here. Once the meeting started, a young
woman, a transplant from the Midwest, told of how when she'd first come to New York it was a free, tolerant place and Washington Square Park was like a perennial festival. Now, of course, it

Times Square pedestrians). The march began anyway. Parade marshals and legal observers made an effort to communicate with police, but they were ignored and the first to be arrested. After that, police directed the march onto a side street and kept it bottled up there. Several times, police charged the nonviolent crowd. They made more than one hundred arrests, even going so far as to commandeer a city bus, tell the passengers to get off (I wonder if they gave transfers) and use the bus as a paddy wagon. I hear they arrested clergy and people in wheelchairs. This is the same police department that refuses to acknowledge the recent upsurge in anti-gay violence and whose response to the same has been to flood the Village with undercover cops looking to bust transves-e tite hookers. At any rate, I have to confess to having been just a wee bit apprehensive as Thursday approached. What if this was the Second Coming of the 1968 Democratic Convention or Kent State? As it turned out, there wasn't much confrontation; I guess due to the proximity of the Monday incident and the potential ultrabad publicity that would result from an attack on an anti-brutality march, a lid was kept on the Big Blue Machine. When I got to Union Square, I was pleased to see my associate Gay, from the English department at SUNY at Old Westbury. Gay is my British-Jewish lesbian feminist lit professor friend. (And not once has she threatened to castrate me!) She shoved a bunch of flyers in my hand and invited me to help educate the public as we went. The march started off. The courts had
ruled that they had to give us as least one lane of Broadway. There must have been several thousand participants. From the looks of it, there were almost as many cops. There was a line of them

There also seemed to be a few would-be
troublemakers among us. A couple of guys who looked like they'd just stepped out of a bowling alley somewhere in Jersey were hand-

ing out flyers and telling the recipients they were the latest thoughts of Chairman Mao. That would be a good trick, as the Great Leader is currently embalmed in a glass display case somewhere in Beijing. No one seemed to pay any heed to the morons. 1 met up with Martha along the route. She told me how the professor of her afternoon
class had finished early so aspiring upholders of

the Constitution could attend the march. She didn't think too many had taken advantage of the
opportunity. My too-extensive experience with

law students has taught me that they spend all their time having their minds bent by learning opaque precedents and legal doctrines and many know less than your average potted plant about
current legal issues.

Finally, we arrived at City Hall and massed at the far end of the park, away from City Hall itself, which Giuliani has done his best to
make off-limits to demonstrators and the public

at large. Rudy claims to fear a terrorist attack on his august person. If only! It was great to see all those multitudes of people streaming in and filling the park. There was then about an hour of speeches, mainly from
the parents of victims of police brutality, giving horrendous accounts of being lied to and kept in

the dark about what had happened to their loved
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wall of silence" that surrounds dirty cops. I was
dismayed not to have seen any representatives of

police organizations there in support. There are
those, like One Hundred Blacks in Law Enforcement, that come out against racism in the force and there must be, somewhere an organized group of officers who realize just how bad the growing rate of brutality is for their profession.
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vehicles. Norman Siegel of the ACLU spoke on how new offenses (like kite flying and dancing) are being dreamed up daily and the city has become an ever-more joyless and hostile place. We also heard that Giuliani had been up to his old tricks. The organizers, a consortium of progressive groups called the October 22 Coalition, had a permit for a rally at Union Square Park at 4p.m. and another for a rally at City Hall Park at 6. But the City was refusing to grant a parade permit for a march between points A and B. Fortunately, some shysters like Martha and a legal team was taking the matter to court. Giuliani tends to lose in court, and he did this time, too, just one day before the march. His lawyers appealed the ruling the very morning of the 22nd, but were again rebuffed. This obstructionism was a discouraging, if not surprising, development, but not nearly as shocking as the one which was to come on October 19. A grassroots effort organized a
"political funeral" for Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student who was gruesomely murdered because he was gay. Thousands came out to express their outrage and solidarity. But the organizers hadn't applied for a parade permit. They cited the City's consistent refusal to issue permits to groups Rudy the Redneck doesn't approve (the May 1 Pot Rally, the Million Youth March, the October 22 Coalition, and even telling the Black Israelites they can't use sound equipment to harangue

of about a hundred or so more marching at the end. I guess it was just another instance of Giuliani-style overkill, like arresting school kids for using their subway passes on weekends, or not allowing a victory celebration for Sammy Sosa in heavily Dominican Washington Heights. There was also New York's newest tradition for public events: Three police helicopters hovered above. I wondered just how much tax money it took to keep them up there for the duration of the march. I also couldn't help but reflect on how much overtime was being paid to all have those officers there needlessly. At one point, I heard someone crack, "I think I'll go rob a bank: all the cops are here." The Finest were, as might be expected, not at their most congenial. When one guy came up and asked one cop what the march was about, he just said "Nothing" and brushed him off in that charming way. A marcher Gay had introduced me to, a psychiatrist, got hold of a loudspeaker and proclaimed, "Ladies and gentlemen, we have hundreds of police officers marching in solidarity with us here today; let's give them a big cheer."

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NOVEMBER 4. 1998 PAGE 9

ISSUES

IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
By Chris Sorochin "No .one knows God until one knows injustice. And one knows nothing about injustice until one struggles against it." Philip Berrigan On September 21st, Bill McNulty, local activist and personal friend, one of the best people I've ever known, walked out of the Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, Pennsylvania. He had been serving a six-month sentence for entering the grounds of Fort Benning, Georgia, for the second time as part of a protest against the School of the Americas located there. The SOA trains Latin American soldiers to kill, torture, and terrorize their own people. Although 601 demonstrators marched over the line in a mock funeral procession, only 25 who had previously entered the base in protest were sentenced to six months in prison and a $3,000 fine each. Their crime was "trespassing". And just at the beginning of October, Amnesty International released a report on human rights violations by the criminal justice system in the United States, especially the appalling conditions in U.S. prisons. The report exposes use of torture, assorted intimidation tactics, sexual harassment and even fights between prisoners purposely staged by guards. I spoke to Bill shortly after its release. He had grown a long white beard while behind bars and resembled a cross between a biblical prophet and a Civil War general, with just a soupcan of panhandler thrown in for good measure; I was relieve\ d to see hle still had his raor-slharp insi gh and irre\verent sense of htIumor. It was a triumph that the prison system, despite its best efforts, hadn't broken him. The first thing he told me, and the central theme, was that prison is a dehumanizing experience. He started from the beginning, the day he self-surrendered at Schuylkill. His wife Carol and son John drove him there. Upon arrival, he was immediately divested of every possible outward sign of human dignity. His clothes were exchanged for prison khakis and his wife and son were dismissed in the coldest, most cursory way possible. Carol related how both she and John began to cry once they had been so unceremoniously ejected. An inmate, observing this chilly little ritual had yelled, "don't worry, he'll be alright; we all go through this." Carol said this small gesture of solidarity and warmth made her feel much better. The ensuing description of interaction between prisoners and guards was striking for its almost robotic lack of human feeling. Indeed, throughout Bill's narrative, the criminals come off as more sympathetic than those who supposedly enforce law and order do. I recall an article in which a former INS facility guard relates how she was told not to smile at or make eye contact with any inmates. As I am well read on prison conditions, nothing Bill told me was a real revelation. Nothing except this: within his first half-hour in the facility, he was called to the Administration office for a "team meeting." It seems that prisons also function as collection agencies and actually try and coerce inmates into paying more and earlier than ordered by the court. They accomplish this by vague promises of parole or transfer to a halfway house. How they expect inmates to pay when they make 12 cents an hour is a mystery, but the Bureau of Prisons is allowed to override the judges and "do whatever they want." Any and all malfeasance on the part of the prison is alleged (by the ubiquitous
THE STONY BROOK PRESS PAGE 10

prisoner grapevine) to be covered up. Oh, and while the inmates may make pennies an hour, rest assured that the corporations that profit from ultra-cheap, ultra-controlled labor clear millions and avoid paying decent wages to workers still outside prison walls. And prison construction and operation is one of the fastest growing, most lucrative enterprises on Wall Street today. According to Bill, the feds plan to double the number of prisons in the next couple of decades. In past years, California alone has constructed nineteen new correctional facilities, compared to the one new university. Kinda makes ya wonder. Two prisoners died during Bill's incarceration. One man of 45 entered with a collapsed lung, yet authorities confiscated his oxygen tank, medication and inhalator things he desperately needed to breathe. The other, in his 50's, also with a pre-existing condition, was assigned to the kitchen (!). The kitchen staff refused him and so he was put on night cleanup from 11p.m. to 6a.m.
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sense of personal honor to resist could very,well.. be subjected to "diesel therapy," in wxhich the prisoner would be arbitrarily transferred around the country and kept incommunicado from family and loved ones. Nor are the prisoners themselves the only ones mistreated. Carol had several anecdotes about attempted visits which turned into episodes of degradation. She had to drive five hours to visit Bill, and she could only do so on certain days. There were strict dress regulations for visitors, and more than one was sent to a nearby shopping mall to purchase a skirt that reached the acceptable length. Many of the visiting women were poor and traveled to see inmates at great expense and inconvenience. At time, guards would whimsically suspend visitation rights, rendering long uncomfortable journeys fruitless. In the past several years, advocacy groups like the November Coalition and Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) have sprung up to publicize the plight of prisoners and their families, and to call for a revocation of severely punitive legislation like the Rockefeller drug laws, which call for long sentences for minor offenses. Another vigil will be held at Fort Benning this November 21st and 22nd. Peter Thompson, an attorney for School of the Americas Watch, received a call from another attorney at the Judge Advocate General's office, which represents the government. The caller said the arrests had generated loads of negative publicity and wanted to know what they could do to avoid this scenario this year. Thompson replied that the answer was simple: close the School of the Americas. Oh, only one U.S. representative has failed to endorse the Kennedy Amendment to close the SOA. It's the vile Peter King. There will be a demonstration at King's Massapequa office on Tuesday, November 17th. There's still time to go to Georgia and be part of the Big Picture. Remember, it all depends on YOU!

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By Terry McLaren Imagine a funeral for someone who died of lung cancer picketed by people with signs saying "God hates smokers" followed by biblical quotations. Of course, this would never happen in the U.S., or anywhere else people smoke. The inhumanity of picketing a person's funeral because of what you think they did wrong in life is overwhelming. Or is it? As Matthew Shepard's grief-stricken friends and family gathered to mourn him at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Casper, Wyoming, they were met outside by people with hearts full of hate. Carrying signs that said "NO FAGS IN HEAVEN" and "NO TEARS FOR QUEERS," a dozen or so "protesters" stood across the street from the church where the funeral mass was being said and did their best to prevent mourners from giving Matthew a proper, respectful goodbye. Shepard is the twenty-one year old gay student from Wyoming who was brutally attacked by two young men on October 8. His attackers beat him until his skull was crushed, burned him, and crucified him on a fence. He suffered there, in sub-freezing temperatures, for eighteen hours. On October 12, he died from his injuries. Shepard's cousin, an Episcopal priest named Anne Kitch, said that Matthew's life and tragic death was a lesson as clear as the Sermon on the Mount. 1 believe Matt has shown us the way out, she said in Newsweek, "the way out of the abyss-away from violence, hate and despair." Reported anti-gay violence is rising more rapidly than any other category of hate crime. "Most hate crimes are carried out by otherwise law-abiding young people who see little wrong with their ety...Children are not born with hatred. They are actions,' says a cited study by the American taught hatred." Psychological Association. They are fueled by perAnti-gay hate crime, like other bias sonal prejudice, rooted in the idea that someone who crimes, is preventable. According to the is 'different' is threatening, according to the study. American Psychological Association, research Anti-gay hate crimeSperconicludes that petrators perceive gay .. ia•••Yha ...... ...... . ........................................................................................................................................ c .. c l .......... ........... li n o te crimes are necessarily bashing to be so( ........................................................................................................... I........................................ ran dom, unconsanctioned and ther efore CHRLST.G.IIIEY WOULON T 13E MAKING if trol lable, or acceptable behaivior, according to studies vitable occurThe role o ef the re••n ces," but that Christian right in r ere is overelming evihate crimes, and ty, ;e of underlying messag these MEEY~den ice that socican intervene hate that some of groups carry is heartbreaking. Other religious groups, to reduce or prevent many forms of violence, however, do not share the hate-filled sentiments especially among young people, including the expressed by the groups that protested outside hate-induced violence that threatens and intimidates entire categories of people." Matthew Shepard's funeral. There is much work to be done if anti-gay Lois Dauway, assistant general secretary for iristian Social Responsibility for the violence is to be effectively fought in this country. lited Methodist Church Women's The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 needs to be vision discussed recent media campaigns passed now. There are state and federal laws that th slick slogans like "Truth in Love" and ensure special, stiff penalties for those who physicalope not Hate" that portray Christian ly intimidate or attack someone because of their race, )rds but promote bigotry. "Waging these religious beliefs, or ethnic background, but neither federal law nor most state law include gays and lesmpaigns of fear and misinformation help event laws against discrimination and bians among those who can be victims of hate crimes. The Act would extend this protection to a )lence." group that is so often victimized. At a recent meeting, the Women's Along with hate crimes, hate itself must be vision directors decided to fight biblical e with fire and become even more fer- stopped. Anti-gay hate in the guise of a religious view nt in their anti-hate crime work. They is the worst of the worst. How cruel does someone ted to encourage members to organize have to be to defile the memory of a victim of hated advocate for stronger hate crime laws filled violence? How could someone who supposedly loves God and others revel in the torture and murder d provide biblically based resources it address hate crimes and intolerance. of another human being? e organization also resolved to support If these people actually followed Christ, as victims of hate crimes, track hate crimes, and edu- they say they do, they wouldn't be making it even cate themselves and others about hate, the language harder for those whose lives are threatened by vioof intolerance, stereotypes, prejudice/bigotry, and lence, or spitting on the grave of one who was killed advocacy around these issues. for merely existing. Dauway sums the issue up best Dauway said, "We must act to stop the by stating "We have a responsibility...to condemn increasing incidents of hate crimes in our soci- hate violence and teach children not to hate."

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mitted that display, and I'll bet they all voted for Rudy last year, too. The unspoken promise of the Giuliani mayoralty is to keep the streets safe for white middle-class types by putting everyone And the all-butelse back in "their place." acknowledged way of accomplishing this is by letting police act in any way they please, and with almost complete immunity. The City recently settled the Anthony Baez wrongful death case out of court for a cool $3 million. Iris Baez, mother of the victim, said she was unhappy that the money was coming from the taxpayers. It should come instead from police union coffers. Then maybe they'd keep a lid on their members. The principal reason the City didn't want to go to trial was the fact that police officials knew that Francis Livoti, the officer who killed Baez with an illegal choke hold, had a record of violent attacks, including one on a superior. It seems he was just so well-connected with high-ups in the police brass, nothing could be done until a really infamous case drew lots of publicity.

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spend money on because if they stop thinking of these things, they'll have nothing to do and might even lose their jobs. And, of course, administrators are okay with secrecy. This way they get sole say in how money is spent, with minimal argument, and get to fulfill their dreams of campus beautification and profitization. I don't intend to cast administrators as evil. They are just doing what anyone would do in their position, and most of the time genuinely mean to do what they think is the best for the university. They quite often succeed. However, they cannot have, and should not be expected to have, perfect knowledge about all of the needs of various people, nor can they perfectly allocate resources to meet those needs. As President Kenny and Vice President Mann stated, student input is needed for administrators to effectively meet student needs. It is the job of the administrators to make it easy for students and other members of the campus community to express their concerns to those with the power to investigate and allocate resources. If they fail to maintain open channels of communication then they are failing at their jobs. It is difficult to be constantly open to critical input about one's decisions, but such openness is necessary to have a responsive and effective university administration. Administrators, however, cannot be blamed for failing to meet student needs when students remain silent. The administration is here to serve the campus community - to make sure that Stony Brook is an effective environment for teaching and learning - but they must be given suggestions in order to take them. Otherwise, they must act as best they can, with only their own knowledge and beliefs about how things ought to be. This will involve taking as much money as they can to spend how they see fit. Much like it is more difficult for an administrator to operate openly rather than secretly, it is more difficult to have to persuasively communicate one's thoughts and needs to those who don't feel the same way than it is to grumble about the oppressive system with your friends. Like the country as a whole, SUNY Stony Brook is more or less a democratic system. Much responsibility is placed on the individual in democratic systems, and individuals benefit in proportion to how much effort they put into ensuring that the attention of others and the resources of the community are properly directed.

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Slepian was one of only a few doctors in western New York who were willing to perform abortions openly at public clinics. At his funeral last Tuesday, he was eulogized by a brother and a niece as a kind and dedicated physician who didn't let threats and protests stop him from carrying out what he saw as his duty to care for women. A letter from President Clinton echoed those sentiments. Many of the patients who attended the funeral were angered over the descriptions of Dr. Slepian as merely "an abortion' doctor." Alan Dickison, whose daughter was delivered by Dr. Slepian, felt that such a depiction feeds into the agenda of the violent anti-abortionists. "They raise the stakes and then some extremist shoots him in the back in the middle of the night," he said to the Times. As Slepian's coffin was carried away to be buried, the FBI announced that it was offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of his killer. In the wake of Dr. Slepian's death, the clinic had to move on. The day of the funeral, Buffalo Women's Gynecological Services reopened and had to scramble to find doctors to cover his schedule. Federal Marshalls posted outside and protesters waving pictures of aborted fetuses provided a bizarre backdrop for a day of mourning. Marilyn Buckham, the clinic's director, told the Times that the clinic performed no abortions that day. "We needed to talk about the loss of our friend," she said. "We discussed how badly we felt." Buckham said that doctors around the country had called offering to see patients, some flying in to Buffalo as early as the next day. "We will be doing abortions," she said. Through Glenn Murray, Slepians' wife Lynn has asked that donations be made to the Pro-Choice Network of Western New York "as a way of sending a message that this will strengthen the efforts to fight the anti-abortion zealots who incited this despicable act."

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been deemed racist many times over. Violence is constantly heralded as the answer in many Disney films from classic Donald Duck shorts to Hercules. Disney decides what moral structures children are to embrace. It teaches us that no matter how strong a woman may be, she's always gonna need a man. That only the uglies are evil. Now, what the fuck is that? If kids truly believe that a person's moral fiber can be judged by their appearance, we can kiss our sorry little asses good-bye. In a very Third Reichian way, Disney establishes which culture is superior, and where the disbelievers stand. Has anyone read any of the original stories behind these movies? The Hunchback kills indiscriminately and then commits suicide. Ariel, the little mermaid dies. Snow White did more than cook and clean for those dwarves, and Pocahontas was enslaved and taken to England as a zoo exhibit. Having changed all the eurocentric myths to further support their version of the Great White Conquerors;Disney has the audacity to turn the eyes of their marketing department to other cultures. What seemed to be a bold step towards presenting traditional fables turned into yet another series of hour and a half long racist rants. By "europeanizing" many of the characters in foreign stories, Disney once more shows that only the eurotrash ideal matters. Disney, I have found, is the source of all the evil that is and will be. By altering our children's

minds, they set society up for unpreparedness and intolerance in the face of diversity. Yet this fact is no one's fault but our own. You see a little while back, parents were afraid that their favorite new babysitter -television- wasn't representing the world quite as candy-coated, as they would have liked. So instead of parents actually discussing situations presented in media with their children, or even bothering to find and alternate way to shut the kids up for an hour, mommy and daddy cried to Disney. In TV, our parents had found a perfect replacement for themselves, it just couldn't lie as well. Well, Disney answered those cries and fixed our TV's to lie. Soon enough, Disney had it's own cable channel, radio station, and almost total control over all child oriented film. They even bought Times Square on the off chance that a parent might wish to expose their child to some realistic culture; can't let that happen now can we. We gave up on children cause they no longer wanted us, in the face of The Lion King anyway. We've sold out this country's future to one of the most malign media conglomerates ever. Give me back the illicit sex, the murder, and the heavy flow of narcotics and for once, I'll be forced (thankfully) to explain something to my child. I'll have to answer a question about the world, I'll have to teach them about wrong and right myself. For once, I'll have to be a parent.

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can honestly sit here and say that it is OK for my mother to be gay, and that it hasn't influenced me. For one, my mom likes plenty of things that I don't enjoy: Surfing, raisins,and women. One of the arguments against gay families is that children living around gays for so long might be inclined to try it. I have watched my mom surf, and seen her eating raisins for nineteen years, and I sure as hell don't like those. Why would I suddenly be so keen towards the ladies? Secondly, I have my own thoughts, my own opinions. I don't look at anyone else, not even my family, and think to myself: Gee, I guess I will think like they do. And a note to those scientists who believe homosexuality is hereditary: It must be recessive, because we haven't had a gay in our family since 1903. Growing up in a gay household was never much different from the upbringing my straight friends had, except for maybe the permanent lack of men. Forget prejudices and misconceptions for a moment, and hear me out. There were no giant sex orgies. There were not even any small sex orgies. Our home was not littered with lesbian pornography. We didn't have Olivia airbrushes gracing our walls. My mother never brought home a string of random women from lesbian I have never been to a lesbian clubs or bars. parade, or an anti-man rally. It isn't like gays have to flaunt their gayness. My childhood was like everyone else's. Peppered with fights over messy rooms and eating my vegetables. I was grounded and did homework and played with dolls. My mother was a

member of the PTA and brought cupcakes to my class on my birthday. And she did it all while being a lesbian! My mother did not announce her sexual orientation, just as most other parents do not flaunt theirs. This may sound pretty fucking boring to most people. Well, it was just like everyone else. But I have a point. Gay parents are looked at as incapable. Gay parents looking to adopt are turned down right and left, because supposedly they make unfit parents. But what difference does the sex of a person make, or the sex of the second member of a child raising unit? You shouldn't be advertising your sexuality to your kids, anyhow. What about a child raised by a mother and an aunt, or that show "My Two Dads"? We all thought that was damned funny. Is it because young, impressionable kids are being exposed to the "evils" of homosexuality? For one, who decides if it is evil? and two, that shows how much faith most people have in our youth. Let me ask a question: Why are all the straights worried? Will it rub off on their kids? How often do they actually see a gay or know they are seeing one? Yes, they are everywhere, but contrary to popular belief, they aren't out to recruit you, or your kids. And, they aren't out to recruit their own, either. You wouldn't know I was raised by a gay mother. You can't see the wonderful differences that make us all special, anyway. I'm straight, my mom is gay, I stand by her all the way!

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change their same-sex orientation but they tell these individuals to abstain from acting on their impulses. In my opinion, this would be similar to telling a heterosexual not to act on their desires (as I've said earlier, the desires of both heterosexuals and homosexuals have been shown to be the same). It is virtually impossible to argue the morality of homosexuality with a religion which has decreed homosexuality to be infallibly wicked. When dealing with something as intangible as sexual attraction, everything quickly becomes a matter of opinion. There is no way that either side can convince the other that they are right, for neither side can produce unquestionable proof on the veracity of their claims. Furthermore, those who argue from a religious standpoint seem to believe that homosexuals possess an "instinctive" sense of shame over their sexuality, yet to my knowledge the only shame or guilt homosexuals feel is that which is dictated by society. It almost borders on the ridiculous to claim that anyone could feel instinctively ashamed over anything. It is mere audacity that leads these people to believe they know what or how I, or anyone else, feels. As I said earlier. I will continue to be ffended by a society who reats me as if I were a hysical and spiritual pecimen, and I have long ince given up wasting ime arguing my views on exuality with closeninded bigots. If homosexuals and supporting heterosexuals hope for change, we should focus on the legislative body of our government; which must supposedly separate matters of state from those of religion. With the death of Matthew Shepard comes the realization that we need to focus on what is important: Antidiscrimination and bias related laws. Knowing why we are gay won't change the fact that we are, and that we continue to suffer as a minority. If we don't depend on ourselves, to whom shall we turn, the Christian Coalition and their "loving,", "Accepting" God?

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Are we born with a sense of what is right and what is wrong, of what is moral and what is immoral? The changing laws and beliefs of any society suggest we are not. This change over time indicates that morality is something which is determined by a so by particularly majority or ruling of that society. Tc outside the accep boundaries that class creates is to minority, and to 1 life amidst constant controversy. Being a minority myself, I can justifiably express disgust at society's attempt to explain who I am. Geneticists and psychologists have produced numerous theories in an effort to find an explanation for homosexuality. There was one point in time when homosexuality was treated as a mental illness. During this time, as Eric Marcus shows in his inquiry entitled "Is it a Choice?", doctors tried to "cure" homosexuals by using "electroshock therapy, brain surgery, hormone injections, and castration". Other methods included aversion therapy, in which, for example, male homosexuals were shown erotic pictures of men at the same time an electric shock was applied to their genitals or they were induced to vomit. Not only can this treatment be viewed as unnecessarily cruel, it can be easily believed to have an adverse affect on a patient's sexual identity. While this may effectively curb homosexual longings by assimilating desire with pain, it fails to establish a "healthy" heterosexual orientation in place of the patient's homosexual orientation. Thus a patient would thereafter have no concept of sexuality outside of pain. Furthermore, it has been shown in studies that an individual's sexuality plays a major role in their development as an individual. If someone were to be left equating desire with pain they would be unable to create a healthy image of themselves. Geneticists approached homosexuality from another angle, that of biology. As humans are

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By Frankie "The Movie Guy" Fusaro In Theaters Vampires - Well, we all saw the commercials, and heard the hype; "John Carpenter, who brought us Thing, Escape from New York and L.A., has come out with Vampires." Now it looked pretty cool (and I know that dog scene in Thing was pretty sick). So how cool could it be?! Well we've got a story about vampire hunters sponsored by the Catholic Church who are about to take down "The Master." Frankie Says - Why? Why did Carpenter do this to us, and for that matter why did James Woods do such a crappy movie? The man who gave us My Name is Bill W., True Believer, and Videodrome is now regulated to such a sad film. I was expecting at least a movie better than From Dusk 'Till Dawn, and, it was so much worse. The story was trite, the writers gave us lines like ["He'll be unstoppable if we don't stop him."] and I swear, if they actually spent any money on this film it sure wasn't on effects or location. And damn, if the destruction of the oldest and most powerful of vampires wasn't a let down, then the acting was. I'd recommend not wasting your time or money. Bride of Chucky - What? You didn't think this could be a good movie? Well you just might be right. But hey, it had it's moments; one of the best parts of this puppy has to be the subtle references to other horror movies as fact. We also get to see two dolls have sex, and that ending.... Well lets just keep some secrets, shall we? Though I'm sure I couldn't really give away too much even if I tried. Frankie Says -I'm sure you wouldn't want to spend full price on this sucker but we do get to see John Ritter as a cop, and seeing John Ritter at all just might be worth the matinee (sadly John leaves the plot before his time,-sniff-) and of course there's always Jennifer Tilly, if you like that sort of thing. Pecker - John Waters has brought us Hairspray,Serial Momi, and The Sugar Factory. His newest film boasts an awesome cast made up of some of the most popular and quickly rising people in independent film today; Lili Taylor (I Shot Andy Warhol and Girls Town), Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Buffalo '66 and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), Brendan Sexton III (Empire Records and Welcome to the Dollhouse), and Edward Furlong (Terminator 2 and Pet Cemetery II). Like all Waters films, Pecker takes place in Baltimore and has a bizarre spin on . . . well lots of stuff. Pecker (Edward Furlong) is a photographer / sub-joint worker who, along with his dysfunctional family and friends, explore commercialism and adventures to make life sweeter. In laymen's terms: this, like all his films, was just plain kooky, and my attempt to quantify it with out giving anything important away is extremely difficult. Frankie Says -I'm not sure if you want to hunt this puppy down and pay full price, but like all John Waters movies, it would be a shame if at some point you don't sit down and watch. He has such an honest and simple way of telling his stories, missing them is always a shame. (Unfortunately, it's no longer playing a the Huntington Cinema Arts Center, so you might have to make a trek into the city for this flick.) Ronin - With a bunch of spies a cool as Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Jonathan Pryce, and Michael Lonsdale, in a movie directed by John Frankenheimer, how could you go wrong? Well you really can't, can you? It fit in to that action-spy movie genre quite well with plot-twists and betrayals by KGB, CIA, Irish and Russians. It was everything it was supposed to be, paranoid, cool, action-packed and had some carTHE STONY BROOK PRESS PAGE 18

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It seems to me that, since the time I went through puberty, there has been one phrase which other women say to me more than any other. Ever since the realization of cultural beauty standards among my peers, someone has said "I hate you" to me on a weekly, if not daily basis. Now you may ask, "Is her family dysfunctional?" or perhaps "Is she nasty to her friends?" or even, "Is she just a total bitch?" Well. the answer to all of those questions is no, people hate me because I weigh ninety five pounds. All right, lets just take some time to think this through. According to society, "Thin is good, Thin is sexy, Thin is in". But real people say, "You're so thin, you suck; gain some weight." I can accept this, be down right hellish. Unfortunately, most people won't see this until too late. Do you like being force fed by friends and family until you are physically ill? Well, there will be a lot of that to look toward to. No problem you say? Well just make sure you start expanding your winter wardrobe, skin does not make the best of insulators. And you'd better dig out an electric blanket, you're going to need it. By the way, did I mention the dizzy spells? Well they're not too bad, once you get used to the nausea. And there's also that little matter of having no circulation; as long as you never stop moving you should be fine. Unless you actually like having large chunks of your body fall asleep every time you sit down, in which case, you'll be set for life! Speaking of sitting, don't expect to be able to sit in anyone's lap anymore, at least der doesn't make you any worse in their eyes, and you do tend to get a lot of free food from truly concerned parties. And of course, you'll have to deal with the aforementioned hatred of thin people. People who may just have more attractive bodies than you (because, believe me: thinness does not necessarily equal model-worthiness) are going to spend a large portion of your time telling you exactly why they hate you. So you'd better build that self esteem, or you're going to end up a neurotic mess. I personally have an extra cross to bear: namely my friend Christa feels that she must constantly remind me of the fact that, in her opinion, I have a freakishly small head. Now as most of you are not designed to weigh less than one hundred pounds, you will likely have to deal with exactly the opposite problem, namely that of having an overly large, melon-like head. But if you don't mind looking like a lollipop, you should be fine. Now that I have enumerated some of the joys of being vastly underweight, I am sure you're just dying to get out and start puking/starving yourself, so that you can lose all that pesky unnecessary weight. Of course you must remember that all of the problems I mentioned earlier are what happens to you even if you DON'T have an eating disorder, these are just the results of being naturally thin. So you can just imagine the fun you'll have when you really start slimming down. But of course since, according to you, thinness does automatically ensure happiness, popularity, and personal satisfaction, I'm sure you'll find the puking and starving worthwhile. Because as we all know, there's nothin' sexier than hip bones holding up a hospital gown.

not if you don't like causing you are pissed because I am Be carful what y ou wish for.. them pain. Because the thinthin. You say you want to be thin like me, but are you sure you're willing to ner you get, the sharper your butt bones get. Actually, the opposite applies in crowded cars, accept the consequences of being underweight? Now, most people are just not supposed to don't expect not to be on someone's lap, unless of weigh under 110pounds. They are simply not built course you LIKE sitting on the hump seat, or for that, so they agonize and fret-- many (actually across the back deck, or in the trunk. But other1 in about every 100) end up destroying them- wise, don't expect a lap seat cause it's not gonna selves through eating disorders in order to con- happen. You'll also need to find a way to get rid of all form to some ridiculous weight "standard" Unless they have experienced it themselves, very few peo- of those Anorexia and Bulimia pamphlets, because ple will ever imagine that being ultra-thin is any- boy, they can pile up fast. But don't worry, just thing other than ecstasy. In fact in can be thin can because everyone thinks you have an eating disor-

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By Alexis Barrett and Hilary Vidair A new club is starting on campus called Alpha Psi Omega. This is a national society of the theatrical arts. Its primary goal is to contribute to the enhancement of the theatrical component of college life. Theatre is a necessary art form, which has been neglected far too long on our campus. The Stony Brook theatre department has been struggling due to budget cuts, which have affected all of the humanities. This chapter of Alpha Psi Omega is determined to revive theatrical arts on this campus by providing it with new blood and energy. There are many exciting upcoming events that the whole campus can look forward to. The most intensive project will be the long awaited reopening of the Fanny Brice Theater, located in the old Roosevelt Quad Cafeteria (down stairs from the Spot). The primary purpose of this space will be for student run productions. A gala event will be held to "christen" the new space, which, it is hoped, will provide the students with many years of theatrical enrichment. This grand opening is scheduled to take place at the end of this semester or at the beginning of the next semester. This group will also be opening channels of communication by creating a phone service for the students to call to find out about upcoming events, as well as auditions. Hopefully, this will eventually be expanded for the use of all campus events. This will allow a student who has "nothing to do" to simply pick up the phone, dial a number, and be provided with a slew of possible plans for
the evening. The organization is not only for theatre students to socialize among themselves. It has a greater common goal with the students of the Stony Brook campus. The goal is to bring the students together. Theatre is a very effective form of expression, education, and communication. It can not only be used to entertain students on a Saturday night, but it can also be used in peer education, crisis prevention, and the expression of common campus views. The theatrical experience can be carried into every day life for the observer, as well for the participant. Being active within the theatre sharpens communication skills and increases one's self-confidence. Observing theatre opens the mind and allows one to be in touch with what is going on around them. For these and many other reasons, theatre is a critical aspect of the college experience. Student participation is a fundamental quality that Alpha Psi Omega is striving to achieve. One of the theatrical projects will be an evening of one-act plays. This will consist of three plays that will each run approximately 30-40 minutes. Each of these plays will be directed and performed by a different set of students. This will maximize the number of students who are able to participate in this wondrous, creative process. This will prove to be rewarding for all parties involved. Another proposal is to assimilate the dance minors in to the theatre department. For many years, the two programs have functioned quite separately from each other. Alpha Psi Omega wishes to bridge this gap with a production that effectively intertwines these two groups. A very important part of the artistic process has been neglected within the theatre department in past years. This is an open forum for the criticism of the theatre departments "main stage productions." Alpha Psi Omega is planning to host a post production forum for constructive criticism in which all members of the theatre department may participate. This will lead to the positive development of all future theatrical endeavors. Paul Kassel is the new acting teacher who has brought this great organization to our campus. He has boundless initiative and will do anything necessary to enhance the quality of the work produced in the Department of Theatre Arts. In order to start this chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, there must be ten founders. There are initial dues of $20. This provides the founding members with a lifetime membership to this prestigious and purposeful honors society. Meetings are held in the theatre department student lounge every Friday at 3 p.m. This is located on the third floor of the Staller Center on the theatre side. Alpha Psi Omega is willing to take the challenge and overcome the many barriers that are so rigidly placed before it by the severe lack of support that the humanities have suffered in past years on this campus. They will stop at nothing to deliver quality theatre, which will enhance the lives of every individual on the Stony Brook campus.

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